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Prepared for the Lord

December 4, 2015

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Prepared  for the Lord

We get  “prepared”  for many different things  in this life:  the weather,  worship services,  a race,  a ball game,  driver’s test,  job interview,  a large purchase,  a holiday,  guests, etc.     For each one  we get  “prepared”  in an appropriate way.     We should also  be preparing  to meet  our Lord  on Judgment Day.     Nobody  will escape  that day.     We need  to be  “prepared”.

When we choose  to live  in the truths  of the gospel,  Judgment Day  is no longer  a day  of dread and fear.     But,  in order  to honestly  be “prepared”,  we need  to listen  to all  of God’s words  throughout the Bible.     In learning  and accepting  the truths  of God’s love,  repentance,  salvation,  and faith  —  we will be  “prepared”  to meet  our Lord and Savior.

Helping people  to be  “prepared”  was the job  of John  the Baptist.     John  “prepared”  the hearts  of the people  for Jesus’ ministry.     When the angel  told John’s father,  Zacharias,  the purpose  of John’s life,  he said  in Luke 1:16-17,

And he will turn many  of the sons  of Israel back  to the Lord their God.     It is he  who will go  as a forerunner  before Him  in the spirit  and power  of Elijah,  to turn  the hearts  of the fathers back  to the children,  and the disobedient  to the attitude  of the righteous,  so as  to make ready  a people  prepared  for the Lord.”

John “prepared”  the hearts  of the people  to turn  “back  to the Lord their God”  by preaching repentance  and God’s grace  in the coming Savior.     We, too,  can prepare  our hearts  by listening  to God’s word,  reading,  studying,  and applying it  to our personal lives.

We don’t have an excuse  for being unprepared  for our Judgment Day.     God’s truths  are available to all  who care  to listen,  read,  learn,  and believe.     So,  with joyous relief,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your grace  in Christ Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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